The “stars” part of the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” were announced Thursday morning on “Good Morning America.” And while there were no real jaw-droppers (disgraced politicians, for instance) there was a nod to the growing power of online celebrity.
The 13 stars for the 19th round of the ABC dance competition hit include Tommy Chong, half of the stoner comedy team Cheech and Chong; “Mean Girls” star Jonathan Bennett; UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture; fashion designer Betsey Johnson; Olympic track star Lolo Jones; teen YouTube star Bethany Mota (also known as Macbarbie 07); “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish; former “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro; teen reality star Sadie Robertson of the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson family; actor/model/host Antonio Sabato Jr.; talk show host Tavis Smiley; “Back to the Future” and “Switched at Birth” star Lea Thompson; and NASCAR champion Michael Waltrip.
The stars will pair up with the previously announced professional dancers Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff.
This season will also feature returning two-time “DWTS” champion Julianne Hough to the judge’s table, alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Hough has been a guest judge in the past, but this season she will be a full-time fourth judge.
The new season premieres on Sept. 15 and will conclude the week of Nov. 23.
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